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Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley, Honokaa, Hawaii USA

Skill level :
Beginners and advanced
Overwhelming nature:
Jungle riding
Honokaa town is located in the Hamakua Coast, at 40 mi/64 km in the north of Hilo. The area is a historic district of Big Island in Hawaii because the town's economy was once based on sugar production from the Hamakua Sugar Company, until 1994.

After that, the town became a touristic destination with the beautiful Waipio Valley and Kalopa Native Forest State. Waipio Valley is one mile across and about 5 mi/8 km deep, surrounded by mountains with impressive waterfalls and green fields.

Waipio Valley horseback riding tour starts at the end of Honokaa Rd, where you come across a rocky and steep road leading down to the valley floor and ends at a stream. This road is only accessible with a 4wd but if you don’t have one, you can walk down and start enjoying the view. The riding tours are guided from experienced riders that will lead you on a journey through the history and legends of Waipio Valley.

Nature is overwhelming and the horse trails lead you deep inside the jungle, along the hillside and through streams and rivers. You don’t have to be an experienced horse back rider to take this journey. Nonetheless, kids under eight years old are not allowed to join any team, due to unpredictable weather and terrain conditions.

Riders should wear light rain jackets because rain showers are frequent. For accommodation you can either stay in Hilo town or choose a hotel in Honokaa Town with a great view of Waipio Valley.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Hilo
48.7mi/78.3km, 1hour and 20mins
Drive West on Iliahi str turn right on Wainaku Ave, then right on Hau Str and left on HI-19/Hawaii Belt Rd. When you reach Honokaa/Waipio Rd drive straight until the road ends on Waipio Valley.
BY CAR FROM Honokaa
8mi/12.8km, 20mins
Drive North on Lehua Str towards Honokaa/Waipio Rd and straight until the road ends at Waipio Valley
BY AIR
Hilo International Airport,
52.7miles/84.8km from Waipio Valley

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